I have a 12 year old cat who has lived alone with me and my other cat and dog. She reacts to any loud noise by attacking the person making or near the noise. She runs to you, snarling, growling and showing teeth and if you try to walk away, she follows after you in the same manner. She has never actually biten anyone but has come close. This behavior lasts for about 10 minutes until she calms down. My concern is that I will be bringing a baby into the household within the next several months. Can you offer me any suggestions on behavior modification that I can put into place now to assist in the transition of bringing a baby home -- a baby who will cry, drop things -- make noise. My cat is my first baby and I want to be able to work with her and help her through what I know will be a difficult period for her.
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1/10/02 at 9:57am